Join our Grants Committee

Published: Thursday, May 6, 2021


We are looking for new members to join us in 2021.

Are you inspired by church architecture? Are you fascinated by the history of churches and want them to remain part of our heritage and a vital part of community life? Are you experienced in supporting historic buildings to be well maintained and sustainable?


About us

The National Churches Trust is the national charity supporting and promoting churches, chapels and meeting houses of historic, architectural and community value used by Christian denominations throughout the UK. Our aims are to help maintain the UK’s heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities; and to promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them.

The National Churches Trust’s Grants Committee has a responsibility for allocating the Trust’s annual grants budget, which currently stands at £1,400,000, including grants made on behalf of other Trusts and Foundations. The Committee usually meets in London three times a year to make the final decisions on awards to the Gateway and Cornerstone grant programmes, but will explore hybrid meetings going forward, having been working remotely during the lockdowns. Foundation grant recommendations are considered via email on a monthly basis. Further details about each of the grant programmes can be found on our website

Experience and skills

The Committee draws from a range of backgrounds and experiences and usually includes conservation accredited architects, heritage professionals, those with project management experience, those with grant-giving experience, and those with experience engaging the public with church heritage. We are keen to have a Committee that has UK and denominational reach - it is not a requirement to be a church-goer. Members are invited to discuss shortlisted applications contributing their experience to ensure that the cases most deserving of the Trust’s funds, and most in line with the Trust’s aims and goals, are successful.

We are looking for 2 new members to join us in 2021. We are interested in a mixture of backgrounds, skills and experiences to reflect our reach nationally and across Christian denominations. We are particularly interested in applications from architects or surveyors with conservation accreditation, and those with church heritage experience in Scotland. Committee members are normally appointed for three years with the potential for a second term. Members may on occasion be asked to visit a church ahead of a meeting, to attend opening services, or to make post-award monitoring visits.

If you would like to apply please send us your CV and a covering letter expressing your interest in the role by the end of 31 May 2021. Interviews will be held during the first two weeks of June 2021 at the NCT offices at 7 Tufton Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3QB or via Zoom.      

Please note these positions are voluntary and so are unremunerated although out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Catherine Townsend, Director of Church and Community Support, on 020 7227 1933, or by email at:

To express your interest please send your CV and a covering letter to Rosalinde de Best Allott, Executive Assistance, by email: